If there’s one accessory that’s truly a must-have, it’s a great pair of sunglasses. The trouble is, shopping for sunglasses can be a tad overwhelming. I mean, you have your pick of what feels like thousands of options at any given moment. And there’s extra pressure to get the style right — after all, those sunnies take center stage on your face.
How best to choose the right pair of sunglasses? Take cues from your favorite style-minded celebs, of course. That’s how we’re tapping into trending sunglasses this season, and we found some budget picks you’re sure to love.
Trending Sunglasses: Patterns
If you’re all about expressing your fearless side through fashion, look no further than Joan Smalls for inspiration. The model never seems to wear the same pair twice, so it’s unlikely you’ll see these Versace Tribute 51mm Cat Eye Sunglasses on her again — but that look will remain branded in memory for a long time.
Make it your own by selecting a pair with thick frames with a fun floral print, like these Foster Grant Sunglasses ($24.99).
Trending Sunglasses: Studs
A few studs are always a plus if you pull them off the right way. Without going overboard, you can make a bold statement and look sleek and sophisticated, much like Kate Hudson in her Valentinos.
Just as oversized frames were everywhere a few years back, the new MVP contender is the triangle. This frame is decidedly unexpected, yet super fun to wear if you want to try something that’s a bit outside of your comfort zone. The style looks best with edgy garb — think leather jackets a la Ashlee Simpson here.
Hearts abound — and who doesn’t love a little extra love in any fashion? Spotted on runway after runway, these playful, youthful frames add a little spunk to any look without totally falling into childish territories.
Busy Philipps makes her Saint Laurents work with a tortoiseshell pattern that’s perfectly grown up.
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.